Pokpung-ho IV, also known in the West as M2002, is the most powerful main battle tank of the Korean People’s Army today, and it is also currently the tank with the most terrible firepower in the world.
Pokpung-ho IV is a newly equipped variant of the Pokpung-ho family of tanks designed and manufactured by North Korea, incorporating a number of technologies from the Soviet T-62, T-72 and Type-72 tanks. 88 China.
With 250 units produced, the 105th Guards Division is the only unit of the Korean army that owns and operates this type of tank.
Although it is the country’s latest tank, but using an old-fashioned chassis, Pokpung-ho’s improvement in the protection system mainly focuses on equipping complex armor and explosive reactive armor (ERA) blocks on the tank. tank hull and turret.
Therefore, North Korea focused on equipping very strong firepower to compensate for the defensive weakness of Pokpung-ho. The tank is equipped with a 125mm main cannon that can launch missiles through the barrel, a coaxial 7.62mm machine gun. While other tanks are only equipped with 7.62mm or 12.7mm caliber anti-aircraft machine guns, North Korean tanks are equipped with 14.5mm heavy machine guns.
Some are also equipped with twin-barrel salvo grenade launchers to increase damage to enemy infantry. And yet, this tank is also equipped with both anti-tank missiles and low-range air defense missiles, which can be said to be the most powerful firepower tank in the world today.
Although equipped with the best firepower compared to current tanks in the world, analysts pointed out that this “mixed” equipment only has an ostentatious and ineffective effect in real combat.